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Welcome to the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Home Page 2014

Another year at the University of Calgary, another potentially promising season with the arrival of the first peregrine falcon on March 31st, 2014. It was spotted (no i.d. made yet) on its 'usual' vantage spot, the west-facing top roof area of Social Sciences.

Judy Powell and Irene Wade were able to both confirm the arrival of the first falcon March 31st. 

Two adults have been seen participating in usual courting activities, with the male (now confirmed to be 'Gary' - prev. mate of 'Callie') bringing food to the female, and our female spending time in the scrape and fussing about. 

                                                           

 'Callie' (?) - ledge arrival on April 2nd     'Callie' (?) - ledge arrival on April 2nd (thanks to 'Frank')

  • March 31: first sighting of adult falcon (gender unknown at this time)
  • April 2nd: first sighting confirmed with arrival of falcon on ledge (thanks to 'lotus' - chat site member)
  • April 12: Both falcons viewed on ledge, with female 'fixing up' the scrape for egg-laying future
  • April 15: i.d. made via leg band, confirming it is 'Callie' long-time resident female (courtesy of 'birdsinger')
  • Apr. 26: 1st egg!!!! (6:03 loc. time)
  • Apr. 27-30: another 2 eggs laid withing this time frame
  • May 2nd: 4th egg spotted (6:56am loc. time)
  • June 2nd: 1st 'pip' (breakthrough of egg by chick inside) early morning loc. time - Happy Birthday!
  • June 4th: 2nd chick hatched today
  • June 16: 2 infertile eggs removed from scrape. Chicks doing well and growing fast.
  • June 26: 2 males were banded today - both doing well. (pics to come, courtesy of guest chatter 'Richard', who attended)

falcon mates sharing prey (duck?) - brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen grab pic by 'Richard')

Prey (duck?) brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen  brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen grab pic by 'Richard')

 

falcon couple inspect their home (thanks to 'ghent' for screen grab)falcon couple (Callie and Gary) inspect their home (thanks to 'ghent' for screen grab)

 

Gary guarding his 3 eggs (Apr. 30)

                                              Gary guarding his 3 eggs - Apr. 30: (thanks to 'Frank' for pic and i.d.)

4 eggs on show (thanks 'CBL') - May 4th                                                             4 eggs on show (thanks 'CBL') - May 4th

 

Above 3 pics are from various 'chatters' (live cam chat site) - from 'pip' to chick (eyass) - born June 2nd.

        

 June 6th feeding screen shot (courtesy of 'gf')

                                                                                                 

                                                                                              June 16 feeding by mom (band nr. 2U, courtesy of 'Richard')

The livestream cam is up and running, so pls. refer to the above link: live video - for ledge action.

Thanks to ALL cam site chatters who have reported in the egg laying/pipping/hatching and other events and sent pics!

I will continue to support this page at my remote location, and if any observations are to be reported, please contact Warren Fitch (fitch@ucalgary.ca), Irene Wade (inwade@ucalgary.ca), or myself (jilek@ucalgary.ca).

Thanks,

Elli Jilek

Here are some short 'movies' sent Apr. 22nd, courtesy of 'yelloweyes' (chatter):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ZsIiBGuaE&amp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7h6CSGDpEI

For more close-up pics of these and other birds and scrape area, pls. refer to 'more birds' link above.